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CBJ: Rediscovering the Lost Confidence of Elvis Merzlikins

Since his rookie year in 2019-2020, Elvis’ save percentage has declined from 0.923 (2019-2020) to 0.916 (2020-2021) to 0.907 (2021-2022) to 0.876 (2022-2023). Similarly, his goals-against average has increased from 2.35 (2019-2020) to 2.77 (2020-2021) to 3.22 (2021-2022) to 4.23 (2022-2023).

There are multiple factors that have contributed to the decline of Elvis’ game in recent seasons. Three of the biggest factors:

  1. The loss of Matiss Kivlenieks. Losing a loved one is very difficult. To witness the death of a loved one is even more traumatic. This could devastate even the strongest of people.